Born and raised in Tennessee, Richard Gaia earned a Bachelors degree from Austin Peay State University and a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Beverly, who serves in the music ministry, have two married children and three grandchildren. Richard teaches whenever possible, whether Sunday School or PLACE (connecting people to service). He likes all sports, travel, movies, and the symphony, and enjoys playing golf and riding his waverunner. Richard has served at First Baptist since January 1989.